Sunday 20 October 2019

Businessman Breifne O'Brien trial judgement later this month

Breifne O'Brien. Photo: Collins
Breifne O'Brien. Photo: Collins

Aodhan O'Faolain

THE High Court will give judgment later this month on an application by businessman Breifne O'Brien aimed at permanently blocking his trial for offences including theft and deception.

Mr O'Brien, Kilmore, Monkstown Grove, Monkstown, Dublin, has claimed that he cannot get a fair trial because of significant amounts of adverse publicity he has received in both the print and broadcast media.

 

Mr O'Brien, who denies all of the charges against him has been sent forward for trial before a judge and jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. The DPP has opposed the application and has argued that the trial should be allowed proceed.

 

Following the conclusion of legal submissions by both the DPP and Mr O'Brien's lawyers today, High Court President Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said he hoped to give judgment on May 16.

 

Mr O'Brien (51) is accused of 19 charges of theft involving sums totalling around €11m from five individuals between 2006 and 2008 and another 19 charges involve alleged deception of the same people. A further seven charges of deception involving €1.9m relate one of those five people between 2003 and 2008.

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